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Dear Vikings
General
Season №: 6
Episode №: 114a
Airdate: November 28, 2008
Running time: 11 minutes
Sister episode(s): "Ditchin'"
Credits
Guest(s): Ian McShane as Gordon
Writer(s): Aaron Springer
Dani Michaeli
Supervising Producer: Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: Aaron Springer
Animation: Tom Yasumi
Creative: Vincent Waller
See all credits for this episode.
Chronology
Previous: "The Card"
Next: "Ditchin'"
List of episodes

"Dear Vikings" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season six. In this episode, SpongeBob wants to learn about the vikings.

Characters

Synopsis

In this episode, Mr. Krabs creates a "promotion" to the Krusty Krab by selling Regular, Large and Viking Sized Drinks (which really are all the same size) in a bid to save the restaurant money, yet at the same time, to fool the customers into paying more money for the same size drink. He also states that whoever purchases a Viking Sized cup tries on a cardboard helmet (that he found in his attic) which is also a gimmick to obtain money. This gets SpongeBob interested in Vikings. Squidward then teaches him about Vikings, though nothing he said was true. Then SpongeBob sends a letter to the Vikings. 

Meanwhile, at the post office, a garbageman (who is a Viking) notices it and delivers the letter to the Viking Chief. He then sends his men to the Krusty Krab to teach them about the Vikings (which is redecorating, appropriating, and liberating) and they kidnap SpongeBob and Squidward. Then, the they introduce themselves as Gordon and a bunch of Olafs. SpongeBob then asks what they do for fun (which is just throwing a shield), then one says they like to sing songs even though they actually not. The Vikings make SpongeBob the head chef, and Squidward the bathroom attendant. Soon afterward, Squidward complains about the poor lifestyle, which causes him to be tied to a catapult. Soon, the Vikings discover that they have hit a rock and that their boat will leak, which gives SpongeBob an idea. He then plugs up the boat with his porous appearance, and saves the Vikings. Dear Vikings 069

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Production

Art

Music

 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Hawaiian Adventures SpongeBob Theme - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  Botany Bay - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [opening]
  ? - Nicolas Carr [new beverage cups]
  Sailor's Sting 8 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["These are all the same size."]
  ? [cardboard Viking helmet]
  Sailor's Sting 8 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Don't you know when you're being ignored?"]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["What's a Viking?"]
  Sailor's Sting 8 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["The Vikings lived a long time ago."]
  The Quest (a) - Robert Foster [Squidward teaching SpongeBob about the Vikings]
  Comic Walk - Nicolas Carr ["Of course they do."]
  Hawaiian Happiness - Jon Jelmer [SpongeBob writing a letter to the Vikings]
  Hurry - Ludo Philipp [at the post office]
  Roman Empire - Larry Hochman [Viking garbageman]
  Celtic Lands - David Farnon [at the Viking lair]
  Big Bad Giant - Paddy Kingsland [garbageman enters]
  Celtic Lands - David Farnon ["Your Majesty, look! A letter!"]
  Gates of Troy - David Farnon [Viking ship arrives at Krusty Krab]
  Portents of War (a) - Robert Foster [SpongeBob and Squidward kidnapped]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["Squidward?"]
  ? [shot of Viking ship]
  Big Bad Giant - Paddy Kingsland [Vikings introduce themselves]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Like what?"]
  Boring Morning - Nicolas Carr, Steve Marston [shield toss]
  March to Conquest (a) - Robin Jeffrey, Roddy Skeaping ["No, we don't!"]
  Big Bad Giant - Paddy Kingsland ["What is it that you two know how to do?"]
  Skipping to School - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward saying all the things Spongebob can do]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr [Squidward assigned to bathroom attendant]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch ["Hold it right there, whiskers!"]
  March to Conquest (a) - Robin Jeffrey, Roddy Skeaping [Squidward about to be catapulted off the ship]
  Entry of the Heroes (a) - Gregor F. Narholz ["You mean to question the will of the tribe?"]
  Rescue - Cecil Milner [ship hits an iceberg]
  Toy Piano - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [security blanket]
  Attack - Tony Hymas [SpongeBob saves the ship]
  Tentically Speaking - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]

Release

Reception

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Trivia

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  • The title card background for this episode is similar to "Pull Up a Barrel," the only difference is the thin metal is horizontal in this title card. In "Pull Up a Barrel," the metal is vertical.
  • This episode was available on the iTunes store before this episode aired, and it was paired with "Ditchin'" for just $1.99 the pair.
  • SpongeBob mentions the episode title when he reads his note out loud.
  • SpongeBob's letter:
    • Dear Vikings, I am writing to ask you guys about your lives and stuff. If you had take the time to answer all my neat questions, then that would be really swell.
  • This episode marks the second appearance of the Bikini Bottom Post Office. The first appearance was in "Hocus Pocus."
  • In Germany, all the Vikings are called Olaf except Gordon, who is called Günther.
  • List of facts about Vikings way of life:
    • Like to redecorate (demolish things)
    • Do appropriate things (steal loot)
    • Liberate (take hostages)
    • Fun activities:
      • Shield toss
      • Flaming shield toss
  • SpongeBob should already know about Vikings because in the episode "Bubble Buddy," he celebrates Leif Erikson Day, meaning that "Bubble Buddy" takes place after this episode.
    • There is also a reference to (an) Olaf in "Bubble Buddy," with one of the Krusty Krab menu items being Captain Olaf's Special Super Seaweed Shake.

Cultural references

  • All the Vikings being named Olaf may be a reference to the Bruces sketch by Monty Python's Flying Circus.
  • When the ship hits an iceberg and almost sank, it could be a reference of the real-life ship RMS Titanic which sank when it hit an iceberg on April 15, 1912.

Errors

  • When Spongebob said the cups were the same size, the regular size cup is slightly smaller.
  • When Squidward is first shown, there are cobwebs on him. But later, there are no cobwebs on Squidward when he is shown again.
  • During the scene where SpongeBob says "I'll let you know if I think of anything," his nose looks like Squidward's. When the camera switches then switches back to SpongeBob, his nose is normal again.
  • When the ship hits the iceberg, the head fell off, but later, it is still there.

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